Ascot d'Oilly Castle
|Ascot d'Oilly Castle|
|Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England|
Earthworks of the castle
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Ascot d'Oilly Castle is situated north of the village of Ascott-under-Wychwood in the north west region of Oxfordshire. It is a scheduled ancient monument. A fragment of the castle remains and is a Grade II listed building. It was named after Roger d’Oilly who was granted it by William the Conqueror and whose brother built Oxford Castle.
It is thought that the castle was built around 1129 and it was demolished soon after 1175. There are fragmentary remains of a stone tower. It was excavated by Martyn Jope und R. I. Threlfall in 1959, when 12th century pottery was discovered. The remains consist of raised ground surrounded by broad ditching. Only traces of the tower remain and they suggest that it was about 35 feet (11 m) square with walls 8 feet (2 m) thick. The castle is very close to the fortification of Ascott Earl Castle, built on an adjacent estate at the other end of the village.
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- "Ascot d'Oilly Castle". University of Oxford. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Images of England: Fragment of castle". English Heritage. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- Andy Stephenson: Ascott d’Oyley, near to Ascott-Under-Wychwood, a quiet village on the north west of Oxfordshire, Great Britain.
- Fry, Plantagenet Somerset (1980). The David & Charles Book of Castles. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 180. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3.
- Creighton, p.58.
- Bond, J (2001), "Earthen Castles, Outer Enclosures and the Earthworks at Ascott d'Oilly Castle, Oxfordshire" (PDF), Oxoniensia, 66
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